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Story: When Ben and Franklyn met in college, they knew they’d be best friends, as in “Ben Franklin,” you know? Several years later, Ben is a successful Los Angeles businessman operating a string of ‘Big and Tall’ men’s shops, while Franklyn pays the bills as an employee of a prominent law firm run by his father-in-law. What he really wants, though, is a career as a writer, so he’s taking a night-school course to help in that endeavor.
Burgundy, Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley—pinot noir enthusiasts will quickly recognize the common thread of regions noted for their production of the finicky grape.
Pull out the stepladder, line up the clips and unroll the coils of light—it is time to put that annual magic into the night air! A yearly ritual for many families, hanging the holiday lights marks a seasonal celebration of exuberance.
Tired of old-school dark wood? Can’t add another hue to your already color-laden rooms? Why not try some barely-there neutrals, which offer style, versatility and blend seamlessly into a variety of interiors? A few of our top choices right now: French-inspired desk set crafted from smoky antique mirror; transitional style mercury-glass pendants; smoky decorative room divider; and faux-shagreen and silver finish bedside table.
It’s fall and there’s a chill in the air. And in St. Louis, it’s Red October. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving red wine.
As a boy growing up among the farmlands of Iowa, travel always tugged at Bill Bryson’s heartstrings. Lucky for us, when the Midwesterner left his roots to see the world, he took us with him. From A Walk in the Woods along the Appalachian Trail to the wild and wonderful Australian outback In a Sunburned Country, and even through A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson has given audiences a passenger-seat view into the funny and factual accounts of his journeys around the globe and his pseudo-trips back in time. Now, the acclaimed travel author aims to make us fall in love with One Summer: America 1927—the ‘coming-of-age season’ of our nation.
On Trend: Orange is the New Black
Calling all bon vivants! If you appreciate a good glass of wine perfectly paired with fine food, experience it as it should be at Passport to Dry Creek Valley in California’s Sonoma County. In 2014, the annual weekend event will take place in late April throughout Sonoma’s revered Dry Creek Valley wine region, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. The region is home to more than 9,000 acres of vineyards, including some of the gnarliest clusters of old-vine zinfandel in the world.
Jill Suzanne Hentz and James Anthony Moise II
St. Louis tends to be a pretty conservative town, but many local boutiques are embracing the rocker-chic look that was so big on the fall runways. Try a leather jacket, stud details or plaid to give your everyday favorites an edge.
Amanda Garrison & William Bishop
How wonderful to be able to build a 25,000-square-foot home that can be used as a presidential retreat, host the royal family or just entertain luminaries of the day. That is just what Walter (1908-2002) and Leonore (1918-2009) Annenberg did in Rancho Mirage, Calif., building what is arguably the most significant contemporary home in the 1960s.
Missouri wines continue to gain respect among oenophiles, and some of the best are made by wineries in and around St. Charles County. Cheers to that!
Imagine this: You’re in a room, exhausted and surrounded by people who won’t stop screaming. You can try to hold conversation, but it’s often a futile attempt. When the shrieks subside, it’s time to act as personal chef, chauffeur or nurse before the howling commences again. This chill-inducing scene isn’t straight from a horror blockbuster—it’s a very possible, isolating reality for stay-at-home moms. The International MOMS Club, with its new suburban St. Louis chapter, is here to end the seclusion.
More than 18 miles of coastline frame the amazing dunes of Pismo Beach, the most extensive in the state of California. Countless wildlife, including coyotes, rattlesnakes, egrets and owls, lives happily amongst wild plants.
St. Louis restaurants were well represented on the Opinionated About Dining's Top 25 Midwest Restaurants list that was recently released. Niche took the No. 2 slot; Sidney Street Cafe was No. 8; Stone Soup Cottage was No. 11; Brasserie by Niche came in at No. 12; Farmhaus garnered No. 13; and Tony's landed at No. 20; and Harvest rounded out the list at 22. Well done!
Marsha Mason’s horizons have expanded significantly from her childhood in St. Louis. The one-time Catholic schoolgirl attended Holy Rosary grade school in North St. Louis and later Mary Queen of Peace when her family moved to Crestwood. She became interested in theater while attending Nerinx Hall High School and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University before embarking on her illustrious stage and film career.
Most people long for another island. One where they know they will like to be, so says Bloody Mary in South Pacific’s evocative and lyrical Bali Hai.
Trina Turk is to southern California what Lilly Pulitzer was to Palm Beach. Just as the late Florida socialite channeled the sunny optimism and low-key chic of Palm Beach through her brand, Turk’s design outlook and aesthetic is informed by the elan and outdoor lifestyle of the Golden State. Turk says she draws much of her inspiration from her restored Mid-Century homes in Los Angeles’ creative enclave of Silver Lake and in Palm Springs, as well as her travels up and down the California coast. Today, you can experience her unique brand of vintage modern style, not only in her signature fashion apparel, but also on bedding, decorative pillows, and durable indoor/outdoor fabric by the yard.
Chef EDWARD FARROW has been tapped to oversee the kitchen at the soon-to-open Panorama Restaurant in the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building, set to debut this summer. Farrow is a CIA grad and a member of Slow Food and is known for his dedication to local purveyors. Most recently, he served as executive chef at the cafe of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Az.
Now that spring is finally here, it's time to get out and nosh on what's new for the season. Here's a short list of seasonal dishes currently being offered by some of the area's best eateries, along with recommendations for the best wines to accompany them.
I’ve been putting off writing this story for some time—too many things to tell you about and too little space. Yes, San Diego has a brilliant blue ocean and blue skies most of the time, mild temperatures year-round, a strong Spanish/Mexican heritage that permeates most of its architecture and culture, a huge U.S. Navy presence, amazing beaches and golf courses, a wealth of public and private universities and a world-famous zoo. You knew all this already, didn’t you?
Courtney Knapp with her grandmother, Michele Arete, and mother, Amy Knapp